2 months ago I was monstrously terrified to run a 10k.
Today I registered for another half marathon that I’m EXCITED about!
Megan told me about the Fargo Half Marathon a couple weeks ago, and I mistakenly thought it fell in the week I had to do 17 miles for my long run, but it doesn’t! It’s during the week with a 12-miler! AND I magically had that Saturday off at Coach (which FYI, I’ve never gotten a Saturday off I didn’t ask for) so I decided it was a sign!
My goal for this race is to finish in 2 hours flat (or better). I’ll be running it on tired legs, won’t taper, and this is still technically just a training run, but I think I can do it. I ran Sioux Falls under similar circumstances in 2:04 and that was hillier than Fargo will be. I’d also very much like to run a negative split. Putting this in writing makes me nervous because I know I’ll have to work for this one. (I’m a slacker and set goals of running a 10 minute pace for both Sioux Falls and the Jack 15 when I knew damn well I could do that unless something Paula Radcliffe-like happened.) This one’s not a gimmie though. At all.
So, onto what I’ll be doing to get there! Here’s my week:
Monday: easy 5 miles
Tuesday: 7 mile tempo
Wednesday: easy 3 miles
Thursday: 7 mile hill repeats
Friday: easy 3
Saturday: 17 miles (a new farthest distance!)
Sunday: rest! sweet, sweet rest.
Looking at this, I’m really tempted to do 4 on Wednesday and Friday just so I’ll be at 44 (which would be a new high!) but that’s probably stupid, right?
Joseph (my bonkers-fast runner friend who has so kindly been helping me tweak my training) was originally planning to back me off on mileage this week because I’ve only hit 40 twice now, but I feel great so we’re forging ahead with another packed week. I’m excited. I feel like every run really has a purpose, and it’s helped me stay motivated.
8 weeks until Philadelphia! And only 5 until I take on the monster 20-miler!